Christian Book Review
Book Title and Author
The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo
Genre / Category
Non-Fiction / Suspense / Autobiography.
Release Date: August 2010; Tyndale House Publishers; Paperback; 278 Pages.
What I Liked Most & Least About this Book / Author
I found the author's portrayal of the events in her life shockingly candid. While I reeled emotionally from the terrors she endured throughout her childhood, on multiple levels, I could not escape the sincerity with which she spoke of forgiveness, "the language of heaven."
"I needed God more than I needed to blame God," Rebecca Nichols Alonzo asserts as she describes her battle between forgiveness and utter hatred.
From the age of five, she endured emotional and physical trauma and the fear of unknown terror on a daily basis. For almost four years she and her family suffered at the hands of a disgruntled neighbor who was determined to drive them out of town at any cost. The numerous acts of violence, including "ten bombs in two-and-a-half years" culminated in Rebecca witnessing her mother being fatally shot and her father's subsequent nervous breakdown.
She maintains, however, that the most compelling aspect she witnessed throughout the ordeal was the steadfast faith, forgiveness, and fortitude of her parents. Their example of "crying out to the Lord" for their attacker "to become a changed man" provided the foundation that enabled Rebecca to extend forgiveness to this man a decade later.
His unexpected phone call offering a sincere apology confirmed that her parents' prayers had been answered. He was indeed a changed man. Not only was Rebecca able to express her forgiveness to him verbally but also through correspondence via mail over the next several years.
With all the key elements of a great suspense novel and the eye-witness depiction of details, this true story is a must read for anyone who has ever grappled with whether or not true forgiveness is attainable. Rebecca Nichols Alonzo would know.
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